Lick the Plate

Businesses helping businesses: Where the local workforce likes to eat

Businesses helping businesses: Where the local workforce likes to eat

I’m starting a new monthly feature with “Lick the Plate” where I round up folks from North County businesses and have them share their favorite places to eat and drink before, during or after work. Nixon in downtown Encinitas is my first profile.

Institute is a worthy stop for food enthusiasts

Institute is a worthy stop for food enthusiasts

Are you a food and wine enthusiast looking for like-minded people who gather monthly at San Diego’s best restaurants? If so, the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) in San Diego is worth checking out. The AIWF is a nonprofit organization founded by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, Richard Graff and others in 1981 to […]

Margaritas that live up to the hype at Casa de Bandini

Margaritas that live up to the hype at Casa de Bandini

I’ve always enjoyed margaritas, but can’t say I’ve ever sought them out or went out specifically for one. That’s probably because I’ve never had one made with premium ingredients including top shelf tequila. The Rolls Royce margarita at Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad is the margarita that will have me coming back for more and […]

California Euro-Turkish fast food cool at the Kebab Shop

California Euro-Turkish fast food cool at the Kebab Shop

I had my first experience with a kebab shop while celebrating my son’s 18th birthday week in Dublin, Ireland, three years ago. There seemed to be a kebob or curry shop on every corner, similar to the plethora of taco shops in San Diego. It was a new exotic and exciting late night food option […]

Feliccia’s Italian Restaurant & Deli — 33 years and going strong!

Feliccia’s Italian Restaurant & Deli — 33 years and going strong!

A restaurant under the same family ownership for more than three decades, in the same location, is worthy of a visit in itself. Add in some very solid homemade, traditional Italian American cuisine and a nice deli full of Italian staples and it should be put on your list of North County restaurants to try. […]